January, 2021

My predictions for virtual reality in 2021

The Ghost Howls

Let’s be honest: no one made correct predictions for 2020. The global pandemic has changed the rules for everything, and the situation is so confusing and so rapidly evolving that any prediction for 2021 is completely unreliable, too.

How Augmented Reality Supports Social Distancing

ARPost

Even though the global health crisis brought the world to a standstill, the augmented reality scene has been thriving. AR applications have been making quarantine a lot less stressful for people. At the same time, it is making social distancing easier to practice.

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Machizzle review: solve a puzzle in VR!

The Ghost Howls

Today I want to talk with you about Machizzle, a VR puzzle game developed by iNFINITE Production (and my friend Jan Horsky). It is being released today, so discover with me how it is, so you can decide if buying it or not! Machizzle – video + gameplay review!

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New Looking Glass Cloud Service Turns 2D Photos Into 3D Holographic Images

VRScout

The future of personal holographic displays looks bright.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Magic Leap CEO Teases Secret New AR Virtual Meetings App Called 'C3' Being Used Internally

Next Reality AR

The past year has revealed a gaping hole of opportunity in the world of business called virtual meetings.

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Data Dive: How is AR Boosting eCommerce?

AR Insider

O ne of AR’s bright spots is its ability to boost sales by demonstrating products with greater dimension. Product attributes can be exposed more effectively through 3D and AR interfaces than traditional 2D images in e-commerce. That engenders a more informed buyer.

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Glossary of the Most Popular AR Terms

ARPost

As augmented reality plays an increasingly bigger part in our lives, we have to become familiar with its specific language. AR terms are no longer restricted to specialized publications. You will find them in consumer electronics magazines, on game forums, and in specifications for AR glasses.

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Behind the scenes of the VR concert Welcome To The Other Side

The Ghost Howls

This New Year’s Eve, together with the team of VRrOOm, I worked on the virtual reality concert Welcome To The Other Side , starring the electronic music legend Jean-Michel Jarre playing inside a virtual Notre-Dame Cathedral. The concert was a huge success (with more than 75M total views!),

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New Mod Lets You Play Beat Saber In Minecraft In VR

VRScout

A new mod brings the hit title to life in Mojang’s survival crafting game. Beat Games’ uber-popular VR rhythm slasher Beat Saber is heading to Minecraft thanks to a new mod from Reddit user u/Swifter1243.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Samsung Beats Apple to the Punch with SmartTags+ & AR Finder

Next Reality AR

Over the past two product cycles, Apple has been rumored to be preparing to reveal its Apple AirTags tracking devices that can help iPhone owners find their possessions with augmented reality. Now, it's 2021, and AppleTags are nowhere to be found.

Report: Apple Could Launch a Standalone VR Headset Sometime Next Year

Road to VR

According to a report by Bloomberg News , Apple may be planning to release a VR headset with limited AR capabilities as soon as 2022, which is said to be a precursor to its long-rumored, fully-fledged AR device.

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XR Talks: The Future is Holographic

AR Insider

W hen looking at the technologies in the spatial spectrum — from AR to VR — one promising endpoint is holograms.

20 Most-Read ARPost Articles of 2020

ARPost

From the most anticipated VR games in 2020, and reviews of various XR headsets, to the benefits of VR in banking, and AR in the toy industry, these are the 20 stories ARPost readers clicked on the most in 2020. Augmented Reality And Hearables: Where The Two Technologies Meet.

How I got started with virtual reality (and you can, too)

The Ghost Howls

If I had to choose the most common question I’ve received in these 4 years on the blog, social media, and Quora, I would surely pick “How do I get started with virtual reality?”

Facebook Confirms New Oculus Quest Headset Currently In Development

VRScout

Zuckerberg spills the tea during the companies Q4 2020 earnings call. Facebook held its Q4 2020 earnings call yesterday, during which Mark Zuckerberg laid out some impressive sales figures for the Oculus Quest 2 while simultaneously confirming the development of a new Oculus Quest VR headset.

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Magic Leap Founder Launches the Company He 'Really' Wanted to Start, a Film & Music Studio with Virtual Artists

Next Reality AR

The company augmented reality that Rony Abovitz was trying to build at Magic Leap apparently wasn't working out the way he hoped it would.

VR Fencing Trainer Combines a Real Sword with Virtual Instruction

Road to VR

Easily joining my list of ‘things I didn’t foresee VR being used for’, Fencer is a virtual reality fencing trainer which uses a real fencing sword attached to an Oculus Quest controller to help would-be fencers learn the underlying strategies and movements.

Case Study: Panera Drives ‘Craveability’ with AR

AR Insider

A R continues to evolve and take shape as an industry. Prominent sectors include industrial AR , social , gaming , and shopping. But existing alongside them is AR advertising. This includes paid/sponsored AR lenses that let consumers visualize products on “spaces & faces.”.

Stepping Up Communication and Collaboration With Virtual Reality Technology

ARPost

Technology is now allowing people to gather and process vast amounts of information at a speed beyond our imagination. While we traditionally use keyboard strokes or voice commands to tap into massive data, virtual reality can make us understand information in refreshing ways.

My predictions for augmented reality in 2021

The Ghost Howls

Two days ago, I’ve given you my predictions for virtual reality in 2021 (read it, in case you missed it). Now it’s time to make some forecasts about its companion technology, that is augmented reality! Will this finally be the year when we’ll all wear the eyePhone in our eyes? (PS

Japanese Instrument Manufacturer Korg Teases VR Music-Making App

VRScout

A short video shows VR music production on the Oculus Quest 2.

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AR Snapshots: Anime Makeovers, Mandalorian Helmets, Twerking Muppets, & More on Snapchat

Next Reality AR

In the three years since Snapchat launched Lens Studio, developers and artists have created more than 1.5 million AR camera effects with the desktop tool.

‘Rec Room’ Now Has Over 1 Million Monthly Active VR Users

Road to VR

It was only a month ago when social VR platform Rec Room reported it crossed the two million annual VR user mark , an important milestone worth celebrating along the app’s five-year journey.

CES: The Online Experience

Tech Trends VR

Trend Forecasting with CTE at a Socially Distanced CES. By Laura Kobylecky. CES is a yearly technology trade show and conference, owned and operated by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Explore Belgrade’s Street Art and Graffiti Exhibition in Virtual Reality

ARPost

The Take III: Loving Street Art Belgrade exhibition brings street art and graffiti to life in a virtual reality experience. No matter where you are in the world, you can watch the exhibit using VR equipment.

Triton Project is an affordable DIY AR headset

The Ghost Howls

Today I have the pleasure of publishing an interview I had with Graham Atlee , a very smart guy that has developed the Triton Project, a DIY affordable AR headset with wide FOV and natural hands interactions!

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Atari Bets On Blockchain & NFT Gaming With ZED RUN’s AR Horses

VRScout

Atari lends its IP to ZED RUN’s digital horses, the up-and-coming Tamagothchi of AR. What if you could combine virtual worlds, blockchain, and digital ownership to create a Tamagotchi 10.0?

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New Wallace & Gromit Game Amps Up Job Simulations with AR Interactivity

Next Reality AR

While most established media brands are satisfied with copying Pokémon GO to jump into augmented reality gaming, at least one property is taking a slightly different approach.

Panasonic Reveals Improved Specs for Its Impressively Compact VR Glasses

Road to VR

At last year’s CES, Panasonic unveiled a prototype of a pretty sleek pair of VR glasses.

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